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EU Green Deal author gets job for gas network

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🗞️ Driving the news: Diederik Samsom, a key figure behind the European Green Deal, is set to join Gasunie's supervisory board next month
• As of July 1, Samsom will transition from his role as a top climate policy aide in the European Commission to advising the Dutch gas network operator

🔭 The context: Samsom played a pivotal role in the European Green Deal, aiming for EU net zero emissions by 2050
• Gasunie, though traditionally a gas transport company, is pivoting towards hydrogen investments and recently expanded its infrastructure to mitigate gas supply issues from Russia

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Samsom's move highlights a strategic alignment between fossil fuel infrastructure and renewable energy goals
• His expertise could accelerate Gasunie's shift towards sustainable energy systems, crucial for achieving climate targets

⏭️ What's next: Gasunie is expected to further develop its hydrogen network, connecting it with Belgium and Germany
• Samsom’s leadership may enhance the company's role in the energy transition, adapting existing infrastructure for renewable energy uses

💬 One quote: "Gasunie does not trade or own one molecule of gas. But they are instrumental in providing the infrastructure to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy system." — Diederik Samsom

📈 One stat: Gasunie plans to invest €1.5 billion in hydrogen infrastructure by 2030

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